It's the 2010-11 Turner upfront presentation, and you know who is the man of the hour.
I'm talking about Conan O'Brien, TBS' new late night star, who stopped yesterday at the event to say hi to media buyers (and to convince him he's the real deal in a daypart dominated by David Letterman and Jay Leno.)
O'Brien woke the quasi-sleepy crowd of buyers up at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, cracking about this is the first time he's been back in New York City since his he was at the NBC upfront a year ago and how the plot to Lost was easier to follow than his life for the last year (Ha, Ha, Ha! To read the full transcript of O'Brien's remarks at the TBS upfront presentation, click here.)
Conan O'Brien new show premieres on November 8, when it will take up residence at 10 p.m., Chicago time. George Lopez's talk show is sliding to 11 p.m. to make room.
Yesterday's festivites were part of the Turner upfront, coordinated to take place along with the major broadcast networks presentations - and to prove to them they can play with the big boys too.
Among the highlights:
- TNT will bow two new dramas this summer, including Memphis Beat and Razzoli & Isles and addition to returning programs The Closer, Saving Grace, Hawthorne, and Leverage. Later this year, TNT will bring back critically-acclaimed drama Men of A Certain Age and premiere a new Steven Speilberg-produced series titled Fallen Skies.
- Also coming to TNT next year is new episodes of SouthLand, a former NBC castoff.
- And if Mark-Paul Gosselar appearing in one failed drama isn't enough (Raising The Bar), he'll appear in yet another (Franklin & Bash).
- TBS is rolling out two new comedies this year: the animated Neighbors From Hell (which should be on Adult Swim) and Are We There Yet?, a new sitcom based on the movie from executive producer and star of the movie Ice Cube (early clips yours truly has seen liken this in the mold of Everybody Loves to Hate Chris Payne & His House of Kids - and that's not a compliment.) Also returning this summer is My Boys (television's most overrated sitcom next to Parks & Recreation.)
To read Turner's press release - and on what programs both TNT and TBS currently have in development - click here.